Best ways to moisturize natural hair
Is your hair dry most of the time? If this is a recurrent problem for you? Then you have come to the right place. My hair was dry for a while and I thought that it was the way it was supposed to feel. I was on a quest for a solution.
After dying my hair blonde 2.5 years ago, its condition became worse. My hair was fragile and crispy looking. I needed to find a way to moisturize my8 hair. After getting into a regimen I saw great results.
My hair was flourishing and started to regain its moisture back. Let me share with you some tips on how to effectively moisturize your natural hair daily.
Before jumping into the subject, let me introduce myself!
Welcome to my natural hair blog! My name is Miriam. In this platform, I want to share with you, valuable tips and information on what I have learned throughout my hair journey. I am still on the path of discovering innovative ways on how to care for my hair and maintain its health.
I want to build a hair community blog where we learn from each other. The goal is to share information on hair, health, and growth. The vision is to promote a community that embraces its kinky curly heritage.
Now that you’ve read this small introduction, let’s continue!
Learn how to moisturize your hair daily
Most of us are victims of dry hair or dry scalp condition. It can be a pain in the buttocks, I know. Learning how to moisturize our hair is a great path towards hair growth and besides, who wants to have dry looking hair?
We all want that juicy and luxurious hair. Mastering these skills will make you appreciate your hair even more. After incorporating the tips mentioned below in your regimen, you will see benefits on the appearance and health of your hair.
Bye-bye crispy hair, split ends and HELLO juicy hair.
First of all, we need to look at the source of the problem. How do you wash your hair? Do you often condition your hair? When was the last time you washed your hair? If your hair is filled with a lot of built-up, you cannot really moisturize it because there is already a barrier that prevents moisture to penetrate your hair.
Pre-poo your hair
What is pre-poo, you asked? It is the step you should usually do before putting shampoo on your head. I was not doing it at the beginning of my natural hair journey but when I started doing it, I was not scared of shampooing my hair anymore.
This step helps to moisturize my hair before cleaning it so that the natural oils are not all stripped away. This option is recommended for those who suffer from severe dryness.
You can do hot oil treatments or even simply ladder your hair with your favorite oil to prevent the shampoo to dry your hair out. I love mixing coconut oil and black castor oil.
Clean your hair with shampoo
No reason to be scared of shampooing your hair. Yes, it dries out your hair but we need to start with a clean plate. You can pre-poo your hair with your oil of choice before you shampoo your hair.
Choose the appropriate product for your scalp depending on your scalp condition (oily or dry). You should not shampoo your hair excessively. You are the best person to determine if your hair is dirty and has build up. Washing hair really varies between one or another.
Some prefer doing it once a month, twice or even once a week. You know your hair best. When it starts to feel dirty, it’s the best time to clean that mess. Choose a product that has fewer chemicals with sulfate and paraben FREE. A perfect example of a natural shampoo is baking soda but be careful of the PH balance.
If you do not feel like washing your hair with shampoo, you can use the co-wash method. I like to co-wash my hair in between shampoo washes.
The moisturizing function of the conditioner nourishes the hair and creates a definition. Once your hair is saturated with it, the detangling process becomes easier.
Deep condition your hair
Deep conditioning is also an important part of the natural hair care process. You can either purchase a deep conditioner product in-store or make one your self-using your kitchen ingredients.
What I love to do is to alternate both from time to time. I occasionally mix two brands of a product together for better results. Everyone’s hair is different that is why you should listen to yours and find out what suit its needs.
No need to break the bank while doing so. You know your hair treatment is working for you when your hair is more manageable, shiny and the curls are popping.
Use apple cider vinegar (ACV) as a hair rinse
After a fresh wash, take a bowl of water and add a little bit of apple cider vinegar to it. Pour it on your hair but be careful of not getting the mixture into your eyes because it will sting.
Gently massage it into your scalp too and slide your hands into your hair from roots to ends. It’s both beneficial for your hair and scalp “ (mostly for oily scalp)” The ACV ph is really close to our hair Ph, therefore, it helps our hair looks shiny and feel moisturized.
Seal in the moisture
There’s a well-known method in the hair community which is called the LOC method (Liquid, Oil, and Cream.) Once again you should choose the best-suited products for you. It can happen through trial and error but don’t worry you will get there.. eventually. 🙂
Start with damp hair and work with sections. Water can act as the liquid if you wish. You can also apply a leave-in conditioner that has a watery consistency. Next step, add some oil to your section and to seal it with a thicker product like a cream or butter like Shea butter or black castor oil.
Once you are done with your section, repeat the process with another section until you complete your whole head of hair. Please remember not to use too much product or you’ll be feeling and looking at a deep-fried chicken.
More wateerr !!
Our hair loves water and thrives on it, therefore you should increase your water intake, internally and externally so your hair looks and feel hydrated. It’s beneficial to feed your hair with water like it is for plants; plus, drinking water is also good for our health.
Spray it into your hair every day like you water your favorite flower. You can even get a small spraying bottle and carry in your bag to do some touch up throughout the day.
Adding other ingredients to your spray water to increase the moisturizing power is never a bad idea. Example of some ingredients you can add: vitamin E, glycerin, aloe vera, peppermint oil, lavender oil, a small amount of your leave-in conditioner.
You do not need to add everything at once those are just suggestions. There are no real measurements to this mixture. Just look at it from this angle, water is like a soup and those little extra ingredients are the spices. So mix it up and let your hair taste it.
Do not forget about satin scarf/bonnet
Using satin to protect your hair at night will not only keep your hair hydrated but it will preserve your hairstyle. Cotton has the tendency to absorb fluids, so it is more than normal for your cotton pillow to suck all the moisture of your hair when you lay on it.
Read also: 5 proven ways to grow your natural hair
Having dry hair can feel like a curse sometimes. Do not feel discouraged! Following those tips on how to effectively moisturize your natural hair will be a game-changer on your routine. Give it a try and tell me how your hair has improved its moisture retention.